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2018 NACTOY Finalists Announced, Can You Pick The Winners? 29
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Car Of The Year, Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Expedition, Honda Accord, Honda Odyssey, Kia Stinger, LA Auto Show, Lincoln Navigator, NACTOY, Toyota Camry, Volvo XC60 on 11 29th, 2017


The 2018 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) finalists have been announced at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The shortlist includes three names in each category, which were chosen by a panel of nearly 60 automotive journalists, following some extensive testing. The jurors will now have to trim down the list furthermore by announcing the big winners, on January 15, at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

However, until they do, let’s take a look at the 2018 North American Car of the Year category, which sees the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 5-Series, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Rio, Lexus LC500, Porsche Panamera, and Subaru Impreza removed, as the only vehicles still present are the Honda Accord, Kia Stinger, and Toyota Camry.

The 2018 North American Utility of the Year award, on the other hand, will go to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Honda Odyssey, or Volvo XC60. These were favored over the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Traverse, Jeep Compass, Kia Niro, Land Rover Discovery, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Crosstrek, Volkswagen Atlas, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Things don’t look different at all in the 2018 North American Truck of the Year category, as the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, Ford Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator are still very much present.

“The task of selecting these nine finalists – especially in the car and ultra-competitive category – was extremely difficult”, said the organization’s Secretary-Treasurer Lauren Fix. “And while there may be some favorites among the finalists, any of these vehicles could end up walking away with the trophy in their category, when we announce the winners in Detroit, in January.”

Last year, the Chevrolet Bolt was named North American Car of the Year, whereas the Truck of the Year and Utility of the Year awards went to the Honda Ridgeline, and Chrysler Pacifica, respectively.

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2018 NACTOY Finalists Announced, Can You Pick The Winners? 29
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Car Of The Year, Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Expedition, Honda Accord, Honda Odyssey, Kia Stinger, LA Auto Show, Lincoln Navigator, NACTOY, Toyota Camry, Volvo XC60 on 11 29th, 2017


The 2018 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) finalists have been announced at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The shortlist includes three names in each category, which were chosen by a panel of nearly 60 automotive journalists, following some extensive testing. The jurors will now have to trim down the list furthermore by announcing the big winners, on January 15, at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

However, until they do, let’s take a look at the 2018 North American Car of the Year category, which sees the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 5-Series, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Rio, Lexus LC500, Porsche Panamera, and Subaru Impreza removed, as the only vehicles still present are the Honda Accord, Kia Stinger, and Toyota Camry.

The 2018 North American Utility of the Year award, on the other hand, will go to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Honda Odyssey, or Volvo XC60. These were favored over the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Traverse, Jeep Compass, Kia Niro, Land Rover Discovery, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Crosstrek, Volkswagen Atlas, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Things don’t look different at all in the 2018 North American Truck of the Year category, as the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, Ford Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator are still very much present.

“The task of selecting these nine finalists – especially in the car and ultra-competitive category – was extremely difficult”, said the organization’s Secretary-Treasurer Lauren Fix. “And while there may be some favorites among the finalists, any of these vehicles could end up walking away with the trophy in their category, when we announce the winners in Detroit, in January.”

Last year, the Chevrolet Bolt was named North American Car of the Year, whereas the Truck of the Year and Utility of the Year awards went to the Honda Ridgeline, and Chrysler Pacifica, respectively.

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America’s 10 Best-Selling Sedans Of 2017 11
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford, Ford Fusion, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai, Hyundai Elantra, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla on 11 11th, 2017


If you’re willing to ignore trucks and crossovers, which are casting really large shadows over saloons these days, the best selling cars in the U.S. this year are models that have four doors and are either brand new or have been updated.

Recently, Lexus went as far as to say that sedans will go away completely unless they evolve into something more dynamic, something that’s less about family vacations and more performance oriented.

“Unless we can really offer a sedan experience you cannot have with an SUV or crossover, I think the sedan may not be able to survive if it does not evolve,” said Toyota branding chief, Tokuo Fukuichi.

In spite of all that, the good old sedan isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and models like the ones you’re about to see are still putting up a fight in the sales charts through October, 2017, as reported by The Motley Fool.

#10 – Chevrolet Malibu

Chevy launched their redesigned Malibu last year, boasting sleek styling, a roomy and well-put together interior and improved fuel economy figures. It’s also a very safe car, with available systems such as Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

While it did really well at first, the Malibu has been on a decline this year, with sales being down 16.5% compared to how things stood last year. Still, the Malibu remains a good earner for General Motors.

#9 – Hyundai Elantra

Unlike previous iterations, the latest Elantra is a solid overall choice for people looking for a compact companion that offers great value for money. It’s roomy, rides well and has a lot of modern safety tech, like Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.

Like with the Malibu, Elantra sales have also dipped in 2017, down 8.8% compared to last year.

#8 – Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevy Cruze has proved extremely popular since its complete redesign in 2016. It’s hard to find a review where somebody isn’t praising it for its efficiency, value and interior features.

We sampled the 2016 Cruze and found that it strikes a good balance between a Honda Civic and a Hyundai Elantra. Actually, the Cruze has been doing so well as of late, sales are up 3.4% this year through October.

#7 – Ford Fusion

The tech-savvy Ford Fusion is a good car and very few have claimed otherwise. This latest iteration even features a dynamic Sport version that boasts continuously controlled damping and a pothole detection system, to go with larger intakes, 19″ wheels, quad pipes, the works.

You can also get it as a hybrid, which is a huge plus nowadays. However, you might be shocked to learn that sales for the Fusion have gone down by 22.6% this year, and that’s a pretty big number.

#6 – Nissan Sentra

Nissan have been aggressive in making sure the Sentra is a success. Despite some reviews finding it somewhat cramped and noisy, the Japanese automaker is offering good discounts in order to move these cars.

Because of that, Sentra sales have gone up 0.2% through October 2017, making this 4-door compact one of the best-selling sedans in the US.

#5 – Nissan Altima

While the Altima comes in at a very respectable 5th place, sales this year are down 17.1% through October as Nissan are having a rough time talking people into buying this model over something else.

It’s still a spacious car with good fuel economy, but it does appear as though it may be losing the “popular vote” in the grand scheme of things.

#4 – Honda Accord

The mid-size saloon sub-segment has shrunk by 15% in the first nine months of 2017, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for a car that’s as popular as the Honda Accord.

For 2018, the Accord is sportier than ever, featuring modern connectivity options, solid build quality and plenty of room inside for all passengers. It’s a true family car and people are still finding it to their liking. As for sales, they’re down 2.3% through October, but the new model should help fix that soon.

#3 – Toyota Corolla Sedan

The Corolla is of course one of the world’s best-selling cars and it almost seems like that’s always going to be the case. Yet, despite its top-notch reliability and competitive pricing, sales are down 9% this year.

It’s also not the best looking car in the world, which is something Toyota themselves admit is a problem.

#2 – Toyota Camry

Ah, the Camry. You didn’t actually think it wasn’t going to make the list did you?

With an all-new and critically acclaimed model already out, Toyota can finally start filling the hole dug by the previous-generation Camry, which didn’t register particularly strong sales (for a Camry) towards the end of its term.

By the way, the 2018 Camry is the first sedan launched by Toyota after Akio Toyoda himself stated that there will be “no more boring cars,” as far as his company is concerned. Calling this the best-looking Camry in history would not be an understatement.

#1 – Honda Civic Sedan

The Civic was a sales beast last year and it’s a beast this year as well, posting a 1.5% increase through October.

This is the best-selling car in the U.S. that’s not a pickup or a crossover, and figuring out why is pretty much a no-brainer. The Civic has always been immensely popular, and this latest iteration is roomier, more powerful and much better to look at.

Also, it may be too early to talk long-term value, but the Civic has always been affordable, dependable and relatively fun to drive compared to most of its direct rivals. It has pretty much everything going for it.



Man Shoots Genius Commercial To Sell His 1996 Honda Accord, Raises Over $100k 6
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in eBay, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Videos, Offbeat News, used cars, video on 11 6th, 2017


This used, 21-year old Honda Accord is a car “for people who have life figured out, and just need to get somewhere”.

The hilarious remark, along with the facts that “bug shield, rubber duckies, and tape converter are included”, but not the cat and coffee pot, are all part of the clever way a man living in the States is helping his girlfriend turned fiancée sell her 1996 Honda Accord.

In less than a week since it was posted online, the 1+ minute long video has gone viral, as it gathered in excess of 3 million views, at the time of writing. The footage could compete with a new car commercial, as it shows the vehicle being driven along California’s coastal roads, with even more clever remarks being made by the narrator.

In fact, the clip has proved to be so popular that it convinced tens of bidders to raise the price of the car from $499 to over $100,000, on eBay, in just a few days. Not bad for a 21-year old car with 2 owners and 141,095 miles (227,070km) on the clock that “drives like a dream”, huh?

However, due to an error, eBay cancelled the original auction, so the man was forced to start all over.

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Would You Ever Cross-Shop A Tesla Model 3 With A 2018 Honda Accord? 21
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Electric Vehicles, featured, honda, Honda Accord, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 10 21st, 2017


Let's say you had $30,000 or so for a mid-size family car and unlike many folks these days who have eyes only for SUVs, you wanted a sedan. Would your shopping list include Honda's new 2018 Accord (read our first drive here) and Tesla's Model 3?

Suffice to say, these two vehicles share nothing in common when it comes to powertrains, but some people seem to think they're surprisingly, though perhaps irrelevantly, similar in other aspects.
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Honda Hoping New Accord Will Take Bigger Bite Of Shrinking Segment 9
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in honda, Honda Accord, Reports on 10 9th, 2017


By adding 300 new jobs in Ohio and investing a further $267 million into the production of the 2018 Accord sedan, Honda is hoping to own a larger chunk of the shrinking mid-size sedan market.
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CR Takes A Quick Look At The 2018 Honda Accord 3
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Videos, new cars, reviews, video on 10 3rd, 2017


Building upon the legacy of its predecessors, which are known to be practical and reliable, and offer good value for money, the redesigned Honda Accord wants to be better in every way.
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Honda Prices The 2018 Accord From $23,570 [w/260 Pics] 2
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in EPA, Galleries, honda, Honda Accord, prices on 10 2nd, 2017


The Honda Accord consistently ranks among the top-selling new cars in America. So the introduction of an all-new model, while not necessarily the most exciting, is of vital importance – not only to its manufacturer, but to the North American market altogether.
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2018 Honda Accord Vs 2018 Toyota Camry: Let The Battle Begin 2
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in featured, honda, Honda Accord, reviews, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Visual Comparison on 10 2nd, 2017


When it comes to mid-size sedans, two names are normally at the top of everyone's list: Camry and Accord.
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First Drive: 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Is A No Compromise Green Machine 2
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in featured, First Drive, honda, Honda Accord, Hybrids, reviews on 10 2nd, 2017


When Honda unveiled the 2018 Accord over the summer, the company didn't say much about the Accord Hybrid. That's changing today as we recently test drove an early pre-production model in New Hampshire.
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First Drive: 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Is A No Compromise Green Machine 2
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in featured, First Drive, honda, Honda Accord, Hybrids, reviews on 10 2nd, 2017


When Honda unveiled the 2018 Accord over the summer, the company didn't say much about the Accord Hybrid. That's changing today as we recently test drove an early pre-production model in New Hampshire.
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First Drive: 2018 Honda Accord Goes Turbo, Improves On An Already Good Thing 2
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in featured, First Drive, honda, Honda Accord, reviews, Top 5 on 10 2nd, 2017


The Honda Accord is one of the best selling sedans in the United States and the company recently pulled the wraps off an all-new model. Eager to find out how it stacks up, we traveled to Bretton Woods, New Hampshire for a test drive.
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KBB List 5 Things They Like Honda’s New Accord 26
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in honda, Honda Accord, new cars, reviews, video on 09 26th, 2017


Despite driving and awarding it earlier this year, Kelley Blue Book does not seem to have had enough of the 2018 Honda Accord.
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2018 Honda Accord Goes Into Production, Launches Later This Fall 19
Sep
Posted by Michael Gauthier in honda, Honda Accord, USA on 09 19th, 2017


The 2018 Honda Accord has gone into production at the company's plant in Marysville, Ohio.
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Cutting Your Car’s Springs Is Never A Good Idea 19
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Honda Accord, Honda Videos, video on 08 19th, 2017


Almost every regular car out there looks better with a slightly decreased ride height. However, there are some wrong ways to go about lowering a car. Cutting the springs is the worst of the worst.
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